Breathing exercises can be one of the most useful resources to tap into to help decrease stress and anxiety. We already take over 20,000 breaths a day, and it’s something you can do anywhere at any time. Learning how to become conscious of and control your breathing is a truly beneficial skill to improve your physical and mental health.

In our current society much of our stress is internally perpetuated, as well as chronic, meaning that this abnormal state in our body persists, instead of returning to optimal function or homeostasis. Reduced digestion, increased blood sugar and blood pressure can lead to weight gain and increased risk of serious chronic conditions. Using breathing techniques can actually help turn off the parasympathetic nervous system and the fight or flight response, reducing respiration rate, heart rate and blood pressure and inducing a state of calm.

This technique is great for beginners as it does not involve a breath retention, alternating nostrils or breath counting. As with any breath work, if you start to feel dizzy or uncomfortable, cease practice and resume your normal breathing. The method of the humming bee breath is to create a reverberating sound in your head that draws your focus to your breath and the humming sound. There are various methods you can use in which to contain the sound within your head. This technique can help you reduce anxiety, relieve tension, calm the mind, reduce high blood pressure and insomnia, and improve concentration.